Opin­ion

Fish Farmer - - Contents - By Nick Joy

IN the early part of my ca­reer we ad­ver­tised for a bi­ol­o­gist and a site man­ager at the same time. For the bi­ol­o­gist job we re­ceived 150 ap­pli­cants, for the man­ager’s three. I was as­tounded at the dif­fer­ence.The re­mu­ner­a­tion was broadly sim­i­lar yet one had ca­reer prospects and the other’s was ap­par­ently very lim­ited.

Why is man­age­ment per­ceived to be some­thing that is at the end of peo­ple’s ca­reer lists? It was a ques­tion that came to dog me through­out my ca­reer.

As I write this col­umn, the Prime Min­is­ter has been talk­ing about greed at the top of cor­po­rate struc­tures and I am not go­ing to dis­agree with the is­sue. Where I have a prob­lem is sin­gling out this greed.

When it was dis­cov­ered that Chris Evans is paid £2 mil­lion a year did we all talk about cor­rup­tion or greed? Not re­ally, yet what is he When a foot­baller is bought for £200 mil­lion do we rail against a sys­tem that pays a per­son who can use their feet to an ex­tra­or­di­nary de­gree over a per­son who can build a house or skip­per a boat or man­age a com­plex busi­ness?

The per­cep­tion that man­age­ment is a bad thing per se rid­dles our think­ing in Bri­tain and, to an even greater de­gree, in Scot­land and it needs to stop.

We all know that a coun­try full of badly run com­pa­nies will have a weak econ­omy and, in the long run, poor em­ploy­ment and low pay.

But we are told by the me­dia that the prob­lem with the NHS, for ex­am­ple, is too many man­agers, the id­i­otic sug­ges­tion be­ing that if we got rid of them it would run smoothly.

The con­stant in­fer­ence po­lit­i­cally is that man­age­ment has to be con­tained, con­strained and con­trolled or else it will be a ma­lign force on so­ci­ety.

How­ever, we need to re­gard the man­age­ment of busi­ness as a par­al­lel to be­com­ing a doc­tor, lawyer or ac­coun­tant.

These pro­fes­sions are well paid and seen as crit­i­cal to a suc­cess­ful so­ci­ety. But as I have of­ten pointed out, doc­tors, lawyers and ac­coun­tants only thrive in so­ci­eties with a suc­cess­ful busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Doc­tors need there to be strong tax gen­er­a­tion in the UK, and lawyers and ac­coun­tants are funded by strong busi­ness too.

Of course, I was in man­age­ment and there­fore would feel this way, but there is more to it than that I hope.

We all like to be ap­pre­ci­ated but that is not the is­sue for me ei­ther. More than any­thing, man­age­ment is the art of work­ing with peo­ple, form­ing teams, get­ting every­one to see them­selves in light of a team and work­ing to­wards a com­mon goal.

Its role is to mo­ti­vate, en­cour­age and drive per­sonal devel­op­ment. In other words, it is there to give peo­ple a greater chance.

Sure, there is room for abuse as there is in any po­si­tion of au­thor­ity, but there is also a much larger place for eth­i­cal be­hav­iour.

Fish farm­ing needs good man­age­ment more than any other busi­ness I know be­cause of the va­garies and dan­gers

Added to this is the re­quire­ment for multi-skilled, in­de­pen­dent peo­ple who are sent tasks in awk­ward con­di­tions.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion re­quired is crit­i­cal, not just to the busi­ness but to peo­ple’s safety and se­cu­rity.

The at­ti­tude that only cer­tain types of peo­ple go for man­age­ment will give us a cer­tain type of man­age­ment.

But to get good man­age­ment, you need good peo­ple. So ask yourself when you read this, if you are not yet in man­age­ment, why shouldn’t you be?

If you don’t want to be a man­ager then don’t ever com­plain about the man­ager you have if they are less than per­fect.You only have yourself to blame!

The re­quired is

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